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"Dave Muller: Posters and Three Day Weekend"
2002-06-23 until 2002-09-09
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA United States of America

Dave Muller, known as a dynamic and multitalented force in the Los Angeles art scene, is the subject of the summer exhibition at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS). Curated by Amada Cruz, director of the CCS Museum, Dave Muller: Posters and Three Day Weekend will be on view from Sunday, June 23, through Sunday, September 8, at the Museum.

Although they take different forms, Mullers parallel art activities—his drawings based on artist announcements and posters and the Three Day Weekends—are related in terms of the issues they raise. The most obvious is what Muller has referred to as amorphous authorship. In both, Muller appropriates the work of other artists to such a degree that it is often difficult to distinguish who did what. This way of working is related to the techniques he uses as a deejay, which entails sampling the music of various artists to compose something new. A related theme is the identity of artists and how their personas are presented by art world mechanisms (posters and invitations) and structures (exhibitions). Mullers work challenges these promotional systems by offering a friendly alternative, through embracing the social situation in which the contemporary dialogue about art takes place.

The exhibition also will document Mullers generation of artists: as he often uses the ephemera related to the shows of his friends, this will reflect a particular, recent moment in art, particularly in Los Angeles. For the Three Day Weekend to be held in conjunction with this exhibition, Muller plans to include the work of Los Angeles, local, and student artists (through M.F.A. students from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard).

As is usual with CCS Museum exhibitions, a catalogue will be printed and distributed worldwide by Distributed Art Press (D.A.P.). This will include essays by Amada Cruz and British artist Matthew Higgs (a kindred spirit who is well acquainted with Mullers work).

IMAGE:
Dave Muller, 2002,
acrylic and ink on paper.


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